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THE CORRAL (World Premiere)
by ANABELLA LENZU/DANCEDRAMA
MERCE CUNNINGHAM STUDIO
55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor
New York City
OCTOBER 9-11, 2008
Saturday & Sunday 8pm
Community. Chaos. Revolt- Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama will premiere The Corral, a dance-theater piece for six dancers that explores the themes of homeland and patriotism at Merce Cunningham Studio. The Corral features music by Astor Piazzolla, Alejandro Lerner, Eladia Blazques & Victor Heredia, poetry by Gabriela Mistral and photography by Todd Carroll.
Performances are October 9-11 (Friday at 9:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday at 8pm) at Merce Cunningham Studio, located at 55 Bethune Street, 11th Floor,
New York City; tickets are 8; students 5 and can be purchased at the door.
Reservations recommended, please email: info@AnabellaLenzu.com
Anabella Lenzu reconstructs physical drama using contemporary movement and character development. Lenzu’s movement vocabulary originates from folk traditions using rustic primal gestures with accents of sweeping lyrical action that transports the audience to a vibrant physical and emotional space.
Lenzu's newest work The Corral process the experience of “El Corralito”—the 2001 social-political uprising in Argentina when the government froze all bank accounts, essentially robbing the entire nation overnight. The word “Corralito” translates to corral, a holding pen for farm animals.
Is your homeland part of your identity? Where is your home once you have left your homeland behind? The pages of history in any country are written with the same words: anger, power, joy, fear and hope.
The question of "society" and personal identity are interwoven, and the work centers around the destruction and subsequent rebuilding of that relationship. It tells the story of one specific country, but the message is global.
The Corral is performed by Briana Fails, Samuel Humphreys, Dawn Quigley, Debra Zalkind, Lauren Ohmer & Anabella Lenzu
Anabella Lenzu is the artistic director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama and has been performing, choreographing and teaching in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA for over 18 years.
Lenzu completed her classical Ballet dance training at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied choreography at the Julliard School, with Mary Anthony, Jim May, and others; studies of the Humphrey/Limòn and Graham techniques, as well as the repertory of Anna Sokolow. Her studies also include Tango and the Folkdances and traditional dances of Argentina, Spain and Italy. In 1994, she founded and directed L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza, her own dance school in Argentina. Since arriving in New York in 2005, Lenzu conducts classes at Dance New Amsterdam, Peridance Center, Sarah Lawrence College & Mark Morris Dance Center, while also giving lectures, master-classes and residencies at Universities throughout the US and abroad.
Lenzu is also a published author for various dance and arts magazines.
Todd Carroll, a professional photographer with over 12 years experience, presently maintains a photo studio in New York, where he works freelance for various international magazines and publications, as well as his own projects.
For more information about the company, visit: www.AnabellaLenzu.com